Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin? A Look At Bigotry From The Pulpit

 

“Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out…and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out…do you know why? They can’t reproduce!”

“I’m not going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover!”

“It makes me pukin’ sick to think about — I don’t even whether or not to say this in the pulpit — can you imagine kissing some man?”

Pastor Charles L. Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. has a problem with the LGBT community and he has no problem with these above statements spewing out of his mouth at the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Neither does his congregation as they greet his statements with an “Amen.”

“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,” you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.”

“Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist! Man up, give them a good punch, OK. ‘You’re not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you’re going to be a male.’ And when your daughter starts acting too butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”

Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church has no problem with this type of speech from his pulpit either.

“To those in the greater body of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and the world — I seek your forgiveness if I have offended or hurt the cause of Christ. I have learned from this and will seek to be more articulate and deliberate with my words in the future.”

While he did offer up an apology after countless news organizations picked up the story (stating that this pastor condones child abuse), this type of speech from the pulpit of Southern Baptist churches isn’t a isolated occurance.

“For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle. We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve…discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!”

These words are from a sermon by another Berean Baptist Church pastor, Ron Baity, this one in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Are you starting to see a pattern? These statements aren’t from the wacko Westoboro Baptist Church cult. These are from “Bible Believing” Baptist Churches.

While these sorts of statements are not new, they seem to be surfacing more frequently as a new civil rights battle is in full force. Sick of being treated as second class citizens, the LGBT community is simply asking for the right to sign a contract and enter into marriage with their life-partners. A contract that will give them equal rights with heterosexual married couples. A right that is a basic human right and something that the government should provide, sans the influence from religious institutions.

While I haven’t seen the full “Fire and Brimestone” side of the church personally, my Christian upbringing didn’t bat an eye if we made fun of the Gay community. As far as my Christian family and friends were concerned, the LGBT community was fair game for ridicule since they had “turned from God for their sinful lifestyle.” As I’ve matured, I’ve seen so much bigotry and hate come out of the Christian community I finally had to put my foot down and say “This is enough!” Why are we singling out the “sin” of homosexuality? Why is this the single downfall of society?

“12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:12-17 (NKJV)

If you call yourself a “Follower of Christ” this should be a cornerstone verse for you. Therefore, these “Christians” obviously are getting something wrong. Jesus never said (if you believe the Gospels to be true and Jesus to be a historical person) to point out everyone’s sin and shame them into joining the “winning team.” So, I want to challenge all my Christian friends, please, stop pointing the finger. Being Gay isn’t a disease or a condition or a blight on society. The LBGT community is 100% human. They’re not seeking to turn you Gay. They’re not trying to bring down civilization. All they want is equality and to be treated as human beings.  Let’s change the conversation and practice unconditional love and see how that works for a change.

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